Environmental ed programs

 If you would like a full listing of educational programming please contact Ellen at beagleridge@gmail.com . We also can tailor programming to your needs, both in school and for on-site visits.

I have listed a brief synopsis of what we can offer your students below. Please contact us with any questions. We hope to be "Your Outdoor Classroom in the Blue Ridge" 

School Field Trips to Beagle Ridge are available- ask for available dates.

Home school groups are by appointment. 

Fees for school field trips at the center:

$3.00 per student for a single program
$5.00 per student for a complete morning, includes 2 programs and free time for picnic lunch etc.

 $8.00 per student for the complete school day includes 2 programs, a hike is available, along with a location for lunch. .  

Ask about our NEW School Partner Program! 

All scheduled programs include a pre-visit activity and post-visit activity guide.

A Nature Hike – 30 minute hike good for groups up to 20 
Science SOLs K.1, K.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 6.9

Macro-invertebrate Collection/Study

In line with the efforts of Virginia Save Our Streams, this program will teach students how to collect and categorize benthic organisms to determine the health of a stream. It can be conducted at the farm or on any rocky-bottom stream. Students will get wet.
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.6, K.10, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11

Fees for In-school visits

Programs begin at $25.00 per program, not including copies and program supplies, we do our best to make them affordable for all students in Wythe County. There are often grants to cover the expenses of the programs through local PTOs and other non- profits. All of our programs are correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning. Many of these programs can also augment a field trip to the farm.

In-School Outreach Programs available

year round.

What is Your Watershed Address?
This program is compiled of a 10-minute watershed video followed by a discussion of what watersheds are and how it affects the student. 
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.6, K.10, 1.1, 1.8, 2.7, 2.8, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.11

The Enviro-Scape 
This 3-D interactive activity, can demonstrate watersheds, point and non point source pollution, and the possbility of a pollution solution. May be used several ways for various age groups.
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.10, 1.8, 2.8, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9, LS.11, LS.12 , ES.7, ES.9 

What you don’t see CAN hurt you!
An interactive groundwater demonstration, using a 3D groundwater module, portraying the effect of pollution on wells, soil, and the aquifer of a karst area.
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.6, K.10, 1.1, 1.8, 2.7, 2.8, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.11

How much water do you use?
An interactive and eye-opening demonstration of a student's water consumption. 
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.6, K.10, 1.1, 1.8, 2.7, 2.8, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.11

It is not just a “drop in the bucket”!
Become a water droplet and travel through the water cycle in “The Incredible Journey” and answer the question "Where does water come?"
Science SOLs K.1, K.5, K.6, K.10, 1.1, 1.8, 2.7, 2.8, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.8, 5.6, 5.7, 6.11

Who made those tracks?
Using rubber replicas students can make plaster casts and the investigate how by identifying an animals tracks, students can determine their habitat.Tracks include: adult black bear, juvenile black bear, eagle, white tail deer, beaver, muskrat, coyote, squirrel, opossum, raccoon, and skunk. The schools must provide the Plaster of Paris for the children to make their own replicas. 
Science SOLs K.1, K.6, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9

Soil Conservation
A variety of exercises dealing with soil’s dependence on plants and animals, its composition, and the effects of erosion.Make a soil "milk shake".
Science SOLs 1.8, 2.7, 3.7, 3.10, 4.8, 5.7 

Animal Adaptations 
Excellent for an overall view of different animal adaptations or it can be divided into a specific animal group: Mammals,Reptiles, Insects, Birds, etc.
Science SOLs K.1, K.6, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9

Nature Games– Environmental Education activiites-
should be done in an outdoor setting.
“Oh, Deer!”, “Web of Life”, “Deadly Links”, or “Birds and Worms”
Science SOLs K.1, K.6, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 6.8, 6.9, LS4, LS7, LS9

Leaf Identification 
Learn leaf characteristics on a hike and play Leaf Bingo. For an additional activity students use flexible polymer replicas of indigenous leaves and print the following leaves: Red Oak, Tulip Poplar, Beech, Gingko, and White Oak. Suitable for making art displays, journals, or to reinforce leaf identification. 
Science SOLs K.1, K.4, K.6, 1.1,1.4, 1.7 1.8,2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4,3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10, 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 5.5, 6.8, 6.9

This is an ongoing program and will continue all year. It includes a preliminary program on segmented worms, lifecycles and their part of the food web. The next step is setting up a worm bin for the classroom, and starting a mini food recycling program. The final step is creating the castings and setting up a use for the resulting castings.

Ask for a copy of our Vermicomposting guide which includes How, What and Why your school should begin a vermicomposting program.

Let us start a program at your school.
The SOLs for this are available upon request depending on the subject taught.

This program is a cross curriculum program which can include Math-counting, measuring and graphing the results, English- nature-journaling and recording data, Science-countless experiments with not only the worms but the castings they produce, Social issues- the waste stream and reduce, reuse and recycle.

Our seasonal schedule includes a leaf walk and a leaf book collection geared to your school grounds, seed starting for a butterfly gardening, creating a wildlife habitat-on school grounds, nature journaling, wildlife mapping and much more.